Grant and External Funding Request Process

  • Grant Award Grant funding is a valuable resource when traditional funding is limited or not sufficient for the creation of a new program or project. The District 49 grant process allows for district employees at all levels to pursue sources of external funding.

    The first step to submitting a grant is completing the district’s intent to apply form (PDF) located under Resources on this page. This form asks for an outline of the grant, grant specifics, and approval from supervisors. The form is submitted to the district grants team for review at If the grant exceeds $10,000, these district staff will then forward the form for approval from the superintendent.  See the Grant Step-by-Step Process Guidance Document in the resources section for more information.
    Please note that some funding opportunities stipulate that only one request per entity will be considered. This usually means that only one request will be reviewed from the district. Before investing time and energy into crafting an application, the applicant should submit the ITA to identify any known conflicts.


    Who Gets Involved In Grants?

    Grant Funding
    The grants team supports with reviewing all Intent to Apply forms to ensure alignment with the district's mission and priorities; to avoid potential funding conflicts; and to make certain the District has the capacity to implement, monitor and evaluate the grant-funded activities. If an employee needs support with a grant proposal, the grants team is available for consultation and can be reached via email at
    The fiscal compliance manager oversees all grant budgets and ensures the district remains in compliance with all state and federal laws. When funding is secured, the fiscal compliance manager oversees the grant's administration and monitors reporting requirements. All grant funding over $500 must come through the district office and monies should never go directly to schools or individuals. Grants below $500 can be deposited directly into a school’s Fund 29 account, unless there are reporting requirements.


  • Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or idea by raising donations of money from large numbers of people, typically via the internet. Projects approved for crowdfunding must align with school and district priorities. Crowdfunding projects may not be conducted on behalf of an individual or an outside party. Staff members must consider whether the materials or equipment requested require storage, installation, ongoing maintenance or any other commitment of district resources. For more information on Crowdfunding guidelines, click HERE.  To complete a D49 Crowdfunding Request Form please access the form under resources.

Grants Team
Hassie Daron
Accounting & Grants Fiscal Compliance Specialist
Phone: 719.494.8958
Karen Bixler
Coordinator of Title Programs
Phone: 719.495.1123